Fine coral-pink sand, picture-perfect turquoise water, and rolling dunes dotted with sand lilies and junipers make Elafonissi one of the most spectacular beaches in Europe. Located on the gorgeous island of Crete and tucked away in the most southwestern point, Elafonissi is a Natura 2000 protected area. This means that in-between catching rays and paddling in the 1-meter-deep lagoons, you can also spot endangered turtles and other rare animals that use the beach as their nesting place.
The best way to reach Elafonissi is to fly into Chania International Airport from a number of international destinations. Once there, Elafonissi Beach can be reached via a beautiful 1.5-hour-long drive from Chania. Rental cars and transportation services will be available at the airport for your travel needs. Alternatively, you can take a boat tour that leaves from Chania’s Old Venetian Harbour. You can explore flight options to Chania with Lufthansa, British Airways, Aegean Airlines. You can catch direct flights to Chania from Athens or one stop flights from Thessaloniki or Brussels.